Residents urged to take up free flu jabs

East Riding’s director of public health is urging people in Pocklington and the surrounding area who are eligible for the free flu vaccination to take up the offer.

Dr Tim Allison said the more people who are vaccinated, the lower the likelihood and spread of infection, reducing pressure on the NHS and Social Care during winter months.

Free flu jabs are available for people aged 65 and over, people with a long-term health condition, pregnant women, children aged from two to four years, people in long-stay residential care homes, and carers.

The East Riding is also piloting a national programme offering the vaccination to Year 7 and 8 children through school nurses, in the form of a nasal spray.

In addition to protecting healthy children from flu, the pilot scheme aims to reduce the spread of flu and protect younger siblings, grandparents and others who are at increased risk of becoming seriously ill from flu.

The flu jab is available free from GP surgeries for people in the at-risk groups.

Dr Allison said: “Flu is dangerous, highly contagious and largely preventable.

“Don’t be put off getting the flu vaccination. If you are eligible get it now, it’s free because you need it.” Details of flu clinic times are available from individual GP practices. For more information about who should have a flu jab, visit http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/Pages/introduction.aspx